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Press Release on relief assistance to Turkey

August 25, 1999
New Delhi

The first consignment of Government of India's relief assistance for the people affected by the recent earthquake in Turkey, consisting of surgical items, medicines, mainly antibiotics, and tea, weighing 9.5 tonnes, is being airlifted tomorrow.

A second consignment of medicines and medical equipment of immediate necessity is being put together in consultation with the Turkish authorities and would be sent shortly.

Indian Red Cross Society has collected 20,000 woolen blankets and 5,500 tarpaulins, weighing approximately 60 tonnes. These material are being airlifted by the Government.

Earlier, in messages to Turkish leaders, our President, Vice-President, Prime Minister and External Affairs Minister conveyed their deep distress and condolences over the unprecedented damages and loss of lives caused by the earthquake.